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The California 'Mordida'

R. Keith Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 10:16 AM
The state of California has atrophied in so many ways through the decades. Once a beacon for the other 49, it is now the laughingstock of the USA. So many systemic issues to deal with, as Hanson writes about, the state is a great place to live, but it could be another quarter century before it either descends to Third World toilet status or corrects course and strives for her former greatness. The jury is out.
fcottrell Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 11:10 AM
Ah, yes, friend, the jury is in! CA loses yet again. Pelosi and Feinstien are seeing to the final touches, and Gerrymander Brown is there to flush it all down! Too bad that three cities in CA control all the politics for what should be three states.

California now works on the principle of the mordida, or "bite." Its government assumes that it can take something extra from residents for the privilege of living in their special state.

Gov. Jerry Brown made that assumption explicit in his latest back-and-forth with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who keeps luring Californians to lower-tax, higher-employment Texas. Recently, Brown said of Texas, "Who would want to spend summers there in 110-degree heat inside some kind of fossil fuel air conditioner?"

Translated, Brown's retort meant that despite California's sluggish economy, high taxes and poor services, it's still worth staying there to enjoy its beautiful...